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Green Element Resale (Plus: time travel invention?)

Green Element Resale (Plus: time travel invention?)

Welcome to the future. Video phones are real. Sort of. Cars drive themselves. At least the Google ones do. And with my new invention, the Time Viewer, viewing the past is as easy as adjusting the dial to the desired date. As evidence, I’ve included a photo of the amazing (if I do say so […]

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Outtakes from my Make It Better interview with Charlotte Moss

Outtakes from my Make It Better interview with Charlotte Moss

I recently had the opportunity to interview Charlotte Moss, who is teaming up with Make It Better for a charity event to benefit the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. In addition to Charlotte’s philanthropic pursuits, the Über-talented interior designer has written seven books, designed home accessories (including fragrances, fabric, carpet and china) and designed spaces, which have graced […]

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Are you watching Downton Abbey?

Are you watching Downton Abbey?

Historical fiction isn’t my favorite genre, but I love Downton Abbey, which was created by Julian Fellowes, who also wrote the screenplay for the 2001 Robert Altman film Gosford Park. Both films explore class and changing social mores in early twentieth century England. The show originally aired as a 10-part series in England (it has […]

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Design and the age of Ophiuchus (the new astrological sign)

Design and the age of Ophiuchus (the new astrological sign)

Over the last couple of years, I’ve assembled quite a collection of snake prints, including a vintage German educational chart from the 60’s that hangs in the bedroom and a gorgeous antique print I stumbled across at Scout. I thought it was just a personal quirk, but lately I’ve been noticing more snake imagery in […]

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Open House: Arthur and Wyatt’s rather long apartment

Open House: Arthur and Wyatt’s rather long apartment

My friends Arthur Swirgon and Wyatt literally live above the store. Their three story West Garfield Park building already had a large ground floor retail space in addition to the upstairs residential apartments when they bought it a few years ago, so Arthur, a dealer of mid-century modern, antiques and African American art, decided to […]

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Studio Tour: New Breed Furniture Network

Studio Tour: New Breed Furniture Network

“It’s a soulful experience to make stuff,” says John Lindsay, who co-owns New Breed Furniture Network with his business partner and mentor Alessandro Paradiso, a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. “You bond with it.” John and Alessandro design and handcraft furniture using ancient Japanese tools and building techniques that were discarded after World War […]

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Contest: Win a stack of design books from Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books

Contest: Win a stack of design books from Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books

Thanks to Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books for sending me a copy of their new title, Farrow & Ball Living With Colour by Ros Byam Shaw. I first thumbed through the book a few weeks ago at Jayson Home & Garden and was impressed with the sophisticated color palettes and gorgeous photography. But the […]

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